Shelby: An overlooked Las Vegas Experience
Updated: May 30
If you're a car guy or girl, or, if you watched Ford vs. Ferrari, you likely know the name Carroll Shelby. Although I didn't have the pleasure of meeting Carroll before he died, his love for racing, speed, and designing some of the fastest cars and trucks on the planet might be second-to-none. And, while over 40 million people visit Las Vegas a year, many of them don't even realize that Carroll's legacy lives here at the Shelby Heritage Center and production facility located just south of Mandalay Bay near Town Square. Some of the fastest production Mustangs, F-150s, and yes, even historic Shelby Cobras reproductions, are housed and manufactured right here in Las Vegas.
Let's start with the Heritage Center, which offers a glimpse into the life of Carroll Shelby and houses some of his actual race cars, not to mention, some of the fastest cars that Shelby has ever produced throughout the years. I first visited the center about five years ago with my Dad. My Grandfather was in the auto body business, and my Dad and all his brothers were always big car guys. Here's a picture of my Dad with a 2014 Shelby Mustang that boasted over 1,000 hp! The Heritage Center offers both self-guided and behind the scenes tours, and a store with great Shelby merchandise. You can also rent out the heritage center for private events.
The 150,000 square foot production center is a car lover's dream. Today, the production center is busy delivery Shelby Mustangs (Shelby GT500, 350, Super Snake, Shelby GT, etc.), Shelby Trucks (F-150 Super Snake, Shelby Raptor, Shelby F-250 Super Baja, etc.), and reproductions of original CSX Series Cobras (Shelby 427, Shelby 289 FIA, Shelby 289 Street Cobra, Daytona croup, and GT40 Shelby Editions). The only way to access the production center is via the Behind the Scenes tour, however, you can look into the shop through glass windows from the Heritage Center. The graphic to the right shows the incredible performance and starting price for many of Shelby's performance vehicles.
Shelby is open to the public Monday through Friday from 9:30am to 5:00pm, Saturday from 8:00am to 5:00pm, and Sunday from 10:00am to 4:00pm. For more information visit www.shelby.com.
Have you ever been to the Shelby museum? If so, drop a comment and tell me more about your experiences at this sometimes unknown and overlooked amazing experience in Las Vegas!